My Life

Planning~~Laughing~~Writing

Recently I was challenged to tell my life story in six words. Being a novel writer who loves details, this was more than a little daunting. I think I finally figured it out. I make plans and God laughs. I am a planner. Since childhood. I enjoy working out details, crafting goals, and anticipating the… Continue reading Planning~~Laughing~~Writing

Writerly Life

Take-aways from the Influence and Impact Summit

I love to learn! I often tell my students that no day is wasted if you learn three new things. I try to live by that also. These days, learning for me takes the form of reading, researching, listening to podcasts, and watching videos. This past week I was fortunate to attend the online Influence… Continue reading Take-aways from the Influence and Impact Summit

Miscellaneous

Thank You!!

It's the two year anniversary of my blog!As of today, I've written 62 posts, received over 3,100 views, and have 558 followers. Slowly but surely I'm building my tribe. (Still optimistically hoping for a thousand followers by end of year.)I have learned a lot about writing, blogging, and publishing over the last two years. I started… Continue reading Thank You!!

Writerly Life

Writer’s Block is an Opportunity

If you have ever talked to writers or read anything about writers or attempted writing yourself, I am sure you have heard of, if not experienced, writer's block. I think it's another one of those things that separates the amateurs from the professionals. Where amateurs fear writer's block and often use it as an excuse… Continue reading Writer’s Block is an Opportunity

Writerly Life

What I Wish I’d Known Then…

I found FundsForWriters over three years ago when I became disabled and started considering writing as a new career option. Since then I have followed C. Hope Clark through her websites (see the links below), blog, and Facebook. I have learned much from her and am always encouraged. Today I am excited that Hope Clark offered to… Continue reading What I Wish I’d Known Then…

Writerly Life

Amtrak Residency–I want to go!!

All the author blogs and tweets are blowing up over the possibility of a Writers in Residence program through Amtrak. On their blog, Amtrak wrote about the first test run (read it here). Now everyone wants to go, and I do too! I have already demonstrated how much more work I accomplish away from home… Continue reading Amtrak Residency–I want to go!!

Writerly Life

DIY Writer’s Retreat Debriefing

"That Perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library."  ~~Aprha Behn I have now been home for two weeks from my DIY Writer's Retreat, and as this is the eve of NaNoWriMo, it's the perfect time to reflect on what I set out to… Continue reading DIY Writer’s Retreat Debriefing

Writerly Life

Do-It-Myself Writer’s Retreat

I have been dreaming of going to a writers' retreat for years. While reading a magazine aimed at those of us pursing a writing career, I came across the idea of a DIY Writers' Retreat. The article (which I have since lost and forgotten all the citation information) gave suggestions for holding your own writers'… Continue reading Do-It-Myself Writer’s Retreat

My Life

Why I’m not writing…

On Friday blog posts I am supposed to be writing fiction, or writing about fiction.  Unfortunately, other than sporadic entries in my journal and Facebook status updates, I haven't been writing much of anything. Life has rather flipped upside down. We decided to put our home of over 17 years on the market, and listed… Continue reading Why I’m not writing…

Stuff of Mystery

Capital Punishment: A New and Improved Decision?

One of the best parts of being a mystery writer is attending Mystery Writers of America meetings. Granted, I’m not a full-fledged member yet, but I’m working towards it and thrilled that they allow unpublished authors to attend. Each meeting of the Southwest chapter has a guest speaker presenting an aspect of mystery writing, the… Continue reading Capital Punishment: A New and Improved Decision?